Tax Reform Commission Status Report

Jul 9, 2012

Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission is continuing its road show to get citizen input on what changes should be made to the tax code.   The 23-member group has visited Paducah and Bowling Green so far.  Its halfway point in the travel meetings is Tuesday in Louisville.  The commission’s chairman, Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, says that two public input meetings haven’t yielded definite changes yet. But he says one of the biggest questions citizens have is why there are so many exemptions in the tax code. “And then you have these anomalies, there’s 161 pages of tax exemptions and they haven’t been looked at in maybe, forever, and lobbyists have had them put in session after session going all the way back to the 1930’s and 1940’s.”

The commission will visit areas in the state’s three other congressional districts in the months after the Louisville meetings.   Then it will return to Frankfort for a few meetings before presenting its recommendations to Governor Steve Beshear.